Sevendust – Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ – 6/22/17
Review and Pictures: Tara Lakatos
Sevendust thunderously rolled into the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ on June 22, 2017. They are out on a short run of dates celebrating the 20th anniversary of the release of their self-titled debut album. During this tour they are playing the album in its entirety. Sevendust is comprised of Lajon Witherspoon (lead vocals), Clint Lowery (lead guitar, backing vocals), John Connolly (rhythm guitar, backing vocals), Vince Hornsby (bass guitar), and Morgan Rose (drums). Their self-titled album was released on April 15, 1997 and their last release, “Kill the Flaw“, dropped on October 2, 2015. The band are currently writing and demoing new songs for an album that will be released in 2018.
Sevendust is known for their intense high-energy shows and this one was no exception. The moment the lights went down the audience started chanting “Sevendust!” in eager anticipation. As soon as Morgan hit the drums and Lajon hit the first note of “Black” the crowd literally went nuts. Crowd surfers were falling into the photo pit faster than the security guards could catch them, mosh pits filled the floor and fans were pressed hard against the rail. One fan commented during the show that bodies were flying everywhere. Fists were raised high during their entire set.
Lajon was very interactive with the crowd. He reached out to fans during each song, high fiving the crowd surfers as they ran by and at one quiet point he blew a kiss to the audience as women yelled out that they loved him. Clint, who has been out touring with Seether, is like Jekyll and Hyde during his double duty stint. With Seether he has a bit more of a subdued stage presence. They play pretty much in the dark and are not very animated on stage. Clint played the part very well for them, but you could tell that Sevendust is his home. He ran back and forth from his amp stack to the microphone to the edge of the stage. He was on fire and was fueled by all the energy that the audience was giving. After the show he took to twitter and said, “Sayreville came correct tonight.” Morgan is a complete beast on the drums; he has one of the largest drum kits that I have ever seen on a stage. He has an amazing intensity behind the kit, yet he spent nearly all evening playing with a huge grin on his face.
Sevendust ended the evening with “Thank You”, a fitting end to the night while thanking their fans for 20 plus years of support. This short tour was only booked for June and at the moment they have no major tour plans until their next album is released in 2018. When they hit the road next time check them out if you haven’t. You are guaranteed to have a true rock and roll experience.